ebesterElmi Bester has a keen interest in knowledge communities and networks and the impact and opportunities of social technologies on how we relate, connect and learn. Her premise is that the current wave of interest in knowledge is not something new, but rather a renaissance of a natural human ability we have lost in the quest for optimization of mass production of goods and information. Elmi is currently crafting a new journey as a freelance consultant. She is also hosting regular Knowledge Conversations as an opportunity for the KM fraternity in South Africa to connect around issues and learning that really matters.

Previously, Elmi was the manager of the CSIR Knowledge Commons – a space and place for knowledge sharing and contactivity in a multi-disciplinary research organisation. Prior to this position, Elmi practiced as a project manager, content management specialist and business analysis consultant. She was involved in various process management-, application development- and content management projects in the financial-, manufacturing- and IT industries. She held positions as a lecturer in the Department of Information Science, University of Pretoria and as Information Management consultant at the CSIR. She was part of the WebAfrica pioneer team, the predecessor of M-Web.

Elmi’s wish for the Summit –

To rejuvenate the social capital within the KM community in Southern Africa, and strengthen the value proposition of KM as a key management discipline in the 21st century.

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Advisory Panel


Prof Adeline du Toit specialises in knowledge management and competitive intelligence and is an extra ordinary professor at the University of Pretoria. Before this she was head of the Department of Information and Knowledge Management at the University of Johannesburg. She published 85 articles in peer-reviewed journals and five chapters in books. She presented 37 papers at international conferences and 34 papers at South African conferences. She is a board member of the International Council for Knowledge Management, on the editorial board of six international journals and one South African journal. She received the SCIP Catalyst Award in 2014, is a member of the scientific committee of the Competitive Intelligence and Strategic Management Centre in Morocco, and was listed in the publication 2000 Outstanding Intellectuals of the 21st Century, published by Melrose Press in 2003. Current research includes a book on South African knowledge management case studies and a book on South African competitive intelligence case studies.

Adeline’s wish for the Summit –

To offer a variety of discussions and interactions between delegates to make them aware of KM developments that impact their profession every day.

hspingiesHein Spingies has over 20 years of experience in knowledge, information, records and document management.  He is an active member of various forums as well as a member of the Coordinating Committee of the National Information Officers Forum that is hosted by the SA Human Rights Commission.  He is currently also the deputy chairperson of the SA Records Management Forum.  He started his career at the SABC in 1991 at a freelance archivist and later as the supervisor for the Reference library.  Hein worked in the financial industry from 1995 to 2000.  In April 2000, he relocated to Botswana to oversee the implementation of a library system for the National Libraries of Botswana. Towards the end of 2001, he joined PwC Consulting and in 2002 IBM Business Consulting where he expanded his skills and experience in knowledge, information and records management.  Many of the projects he managed focused on the design and implementation of strategies for knowledge, content, information, records and document management.  In 2006 he became the Knowledge Manager for the Independent Development Trust and in 2010 he moved to the National Research Foundation to head up the Information Resource & Services unit.  In 2014 he joined the Road Accident Fund as head of the Knowledge Management unit within the Centre of Excellence.

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Dr Andrew Kok matriculated at the Secondary School Jagersfontein. He completed his undergraduate studies at the Potchefstroom University for Higher Education and thereafter completed his MBA at the University of Stellenbosch in 2000 and completed his D Com in 2006 at the University of Johannesburg with a thesis on “Intellectual Capital Management at South African Universities.”

He started his career as Head of Information Services at the former Atomic Energy Corporation, was senior lecturer in Knowledge Management at the Rand Afrikaans University and is working since 2007 for the Provincial Government Western Cape as Manager: Information and Knowledge Management.

Andrew is the author of 14 research articles on Knowledge Management and presented papers on this topic at 7 international and 19 national conferences.

Andrew’s wish for the Summit –

To improve the understanding  of the value of knowledge management for competitive advantage.


jsekoJeanette Seko holds a B.A. degree, Honours degree in Information and Knowledge Management from the University of Pretoria and a BPHIL in Information and Knowledge Management from Stellenbosch University. She is busy with her Masters in Management and Development at the North West University.

Jeanette is working as a Specialist: Knowledge Management at an aviation company. Jeanette has been afforded the opportunity to work in different environment in the field of Knowledge Management and Records Management.  These opportunities have enabled her to gain experience in these fields which she is passionate about. She is also involved with an NGO which arranges and participates in Career Days to share more information and knowledge with high school children in rural areas and townships about alternatives careers, application processes in tertiary institutions. They also focus on motivating students. Jeanette is passionate about sustainable agriculture and Indigenous Knowledge Systems which are also the focus of her Master’s thesis.

Jeanette’s wish for the summit –

The summit for me is a great platform to bring Knowledge Management professionals together and create ample opportunities for networking and exchange of innovative ideas which will change the Knowledge Management discipline.


Dr Herman J. van Niekerk is an educator and management consultant specialising in organizational learning strategies, knowledge management and related subjects such as strategy and competitive intelligence. He has extensive knowledge and experience in the collection, analysis and use of information and how these are used to create learning organizations. He holds a PhD from Stellenbosch University, South Africa. His thesis, titled Enabling organizational knowledge through Action Learning, focuses on knowledge as a critical resource in organizations. Organizational knowledge cannot be created in a simplistic and one-dimensional manner. A KM framework based on a pluralistic and social systems approach is therefore proposed.

His work related to knowledge management includes the development of people, processes and technology. He has been involved with consulting, training and implementation of both KM and CI programmes to South African companies. His knowledge of action learning and how this enables organizations to be competitive is highly relevant for the new business environment where learning, creativity and change are seen as the major drivers of gaining a competitive advantage. He has been lecturing at a private business school in Information and Knowledge Management and Strategy and has been a speaker at various international and national conferences.

Herman’s wishes for the Summit –

Following up on the leadership challenges in a digital age identified at the WEF 2015 Davos Summit is to re-establish the importance of knowledge and intelligence in the decision-making processes of leaders. South African executives need to understand that KM provides a competitive advantage if properly implemented and maintained.


Tanje Jordaan is currently working as a Consultant at Datacentrix (Pty) Ltd, in the EIM (Enterprise Information Management) division. At Datacentrix she is surrounded by like-minded professionals who share her passion for information.  She is currently engaged in research to find ways to provide Knowledge management expertise to the customers through assessment, audits, strategy setting and methodologies.

Her passion for Knowledge Management was sparked whilst working at the South African Bureau of Standards where the value of the cross-dimensional, cross-discipline nature of Knowledge management is key to the business.

Tanje’s wish for the Summit –

To find marketable tools and methodologies to convert Knowledge of organisations into valuable Corporate Assets that are measurable and provide significant return on investment.

bkotzeBennie Kotze manages the Enterprise Information Management (EIM) consulting team within the EIM (Gauteng) Business Unit of Datacentrix. He has been involved in information and knowledge management for more than 15 years. He is passionate about the value of information and information management and has assisted a number of South African and Australian organisations in terms of content management strategies and roadmaps, development of content management instruments such as classification schemes and metadata models as well as a variety of technology implementations. Bennie holds an MPhil (Information and Knowledge Management) from the University of Stellenbosch and is a Certified Information Professional (CIP).

Bennie’s wish for the Summit –

My hope is that this summit goes beyond the normal to define the role of knowledge and knowledge management in terms of leadership and innovation in Africa.